(b Lutsk, Ukraine, 10 Jun. 1979)
Russian-Ukranian dancer. She studied dance, mostly folk, from the age of 6, then from 1989 to 1995 trained at the Kiev Choreographic School, spending a final year at the Vaganova Academy. She possessed an exceptionally precocious talent, and while still a student danced several adult roles with the Mariinsky (then Kirov) including Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote. Graduating into the company in 1996 she was promoted to principal the following year, coached primarily by Olga Moiseyeva. A tall and supple dancer—in the modern Russian mould—she danced most of the 19th-century ballerina roles, as well as 20th-century works by Balanchine, MacMillan, and others. In 2003 she moved to the Bolshoi and under the coaching of Semenyaka her dancing acquired a greater fluency and dramatic range. She has subsequently created roles in several works, including the title role of Possokhov's Cinderella (2006) and Medora in Ratmansky's staging of Le Corsaire (2007). She has also guested with many companies including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Milan, and New National Theatre Ballet in Tokyo. She is recipient of numerous awards and titles including Golden Mask Award, Honoured Artist of Russia (2005), and People's Artist of Russia (2008).
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